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What You Learn When Moving Across the Country

Moving across the country is a big step, so hearing a firsthand account of what a long-distance move is really like can be very helpful when you’re not sure what to expect. In an article on by Thorn Klosowski titled “Seven Things I Learned after Moving across the Country,” we’re given insight and advice on what it’s like to move out of state.

What to Expect When Moving Out of State

  • If you’re moving to a new city, finding the right neighborhood is paramount.  Looking online at your new destination may seem obvious, but a few extra hours of research may impact your decision. Klosowski reminds us that determining the cost of living and job availability in your new city is important, but simply looking at Google Street View in the area can also help you create a more informed decision in the end.
  • Klosowski makes note of two basic routes one can take when addressing the moving of extra objects. One method would be to sell all extra objects and start anew at your new home, taking with you only essential items. The other would be to rent a truck or car so that everything can be brought along. The most effective way to go about addressing extra items would be to create a combination of the two methods, such as having a yard sale before the move so that you can move any remaining items into smaller moving trucks. If you need some motivation when it comes time to clean, just remember the alternative to keeping everything means paying for its transport.
  • It can be difficult to rent a home or apartment sight-unseen from out-of-state. In order to avoid the trouble of negotiating with landlords or going into a new apartment blind,  try spending your first few days in your new city at either a friend or relative's house while you conduct a proper search. Another idea would be to sublet for one or two months so that you can have the chance to see potential properties in person and decide on one that truly works the best for your situation.
  • Klosowski also reminds us that before a big move, appointments can pile up, so plan accordingly. Meeting with the landlord, making dentist appointments, coffee dates with friends, and a goodbye party can all suddenly become last minute affairs, so be sure to keep your calendar well managed.
  • In fact, keeping a "To-Do" do list can be very beneficial, and is strongly recommended to stay on top of the tasks leading up to your move day. Klosowski uses a single list, instead of a list and calendar, to make it easier to manage his entire schedule in one place.
  • Moving a long distance can be stressful, so it is vital to have an effective outlet for that stress. Walking is recommended as a general activity to relieve any of the stresses that may come during the moving process, whether it be before or during your move across the country. Other suggested ways to deal with stress effectively would be to create sets of "To-Do” lists, double check rooms in your previous house, keep windows open slightly while driving, and to keep any additional sounds such as the radio at a lower volume.

After Your Long-Distance Move

  • Walking can also be a good way to learn about your new hometown. Although it can be easy to depend on your car and GPS, you won’t learn the area as quickly and may miss a lot of things your new area has to offer. The ticket here is to walk whenever you can, and soon you’ll be able to navigate your area without having to refer to your GPS.

At Stevens Worldwide Van Lines, we’ve been assisting people with their long-distance moves for more than 110 years. Our professional team of out-of-state movers ensures your move is stress-free with our premium moving services. For more information, call us at (877) 490-0713 or fill out the online form for a free moving estimate.


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